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Honk on Board for Videogaming Quackery in Mighty Goose!

18 Jun

Mighty Goose for Nintendo Switch - Nintendo Game DetailsBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available for the PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

Nintendo Switch version was evaluated

Some run-and-gun games have a devoted following since the first title of a franchise appeared in arcades decades ago. To offer something fresh is even tougher, and I believe Mighty Goose has the makings of something new in its retro-style and Mario-like gameplay. You collect coins so you can buy power-ups or gear to make surviving to the end of the level easier.

I was surprised I could backtrack to collect items that I sometimes missed grabbing on the first run. Sometimes it’s better to save that box of bandaids to heal up after clearing a screen! As with many games in this sub-genre, it’s easy to get hurt. Having quick reflexes helps to reach the tougher levels of this game.

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“No Hope” for a Franchise. Transformers: Heavy Metal AR

16 Jun

Pokémon Go creator Niantic announces Transformers: Heavy Metal AR game -  PolygonBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

The battle for which faction will occupy Earth is not likely at the core of the upcoming mobile AR game, Transformers: Heavy Metal. The media’s abuzz about bringing this Hasbro property to the videogame world again, and honestly, I’m not excited. I’m more curious in when the reboot will be brought back to the screen again (recent Netflix program notwithstanding).

Niantic Inc is involved in the development cycle, and early images suggest this product may well be another Pokemon GO clone. Seattle-based software house, Very Very Spaceship (known for Truck Stars) is leading the development. This four-year-old business doesn’t have a lot of recognition to get some fans excited.

This company is a self-described, “motley crew of space faring designers, engineers, artists and storytellers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. For the past three years, under the leadership of BAFTA winning founder Sean Vesce (Never Alone, Tomb Raider Series, Mechwarrior Series), we have been solving the problems of the unknown for incredible partners like Google, Microsoft and others. We are a tight-knit group of makers thriving in our undiscovered future, making shared game experiences in AR, VR, Geolocation, Live Streaming and more. In addition to our client work, we develop and release original indie experiments like the recent Knife 2 Meat U, available at our itch.io page.”

Considering how huge Transformers fandom is, Hasbro’s quality control division ought to squash any bumblebees.

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Fantasy Shooter Mushihimesama Explodes Onto the Nintendo Switch!

16 Jun

Revealed during Nintendo Direct E3’s Japanese Stream 2021. the arcade fantasy bullet rail shooter, Mushihimesama (虫姫さま, “Bug Princess”), is now available on the Nintendo Switch! This video game set in an imaginative forest world has seen many ports over the years since its debut in arcades. A remixed and reimagined version of Mushihimesama in v1.5 offered alternate soundtracks, mechanics, and bullet patterns.

From bringing the original to the PS2 to spinoffs on iOS, this Japanese styled backdrop from genre masters CAVE Interactive Co., Ltd and publisher Live Wire is now available on Nintendo Switch through the eShop.

Usually these types of games are difficult to master. In what makes these latest arcade style ports easier to deal with includes a toggle to adjust the difficulty level. The goal is to keep on shooting and dodge the rain of lasers, bullets and bombs being tossed at you.

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Love Indie Videogames? The Spotlight on Freedom Games at E3 Online!

8 Jun

On Monday, June 14, starting 12:30 PM PT, Freedom Games will have event broadcasts at E3 Online.  There’ll be plenty of announcements, developer interviews, and updates on some of the most exciting indie titles on the horizon – with a surprise or two for eager fans.

Each segment will run for 15 minutes and highlight more than ten upcoming titles, and the following is just but a tease at what’s planned:

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Making the “Switch” to Jetboard Joust for a Mobile Generation

19 May

Jetboard Joust

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Bitbull Limited
Now Available on the Nintendo Switch

Jetboard Joust has everything I’d expect from a reinvention of Williams Electronics’s Defender kicked up a notch. Players knock down the enemy and they drop coins so you can use them to acquire power-ups. The dedication to destroy your enemies and earn in-game currency (without ever having to spend real money) at the same time makes for a nicer product. Similar to the classic, you pilot, no skate on a flying board where you have to race from one part of a side-scrolling world to another to save humans.

The alien bosses you meet are titanic, and the gameplay includes a dungeon-crawl. Instead of rinse and repeat with the speed of these abductions getting faster, you have to deal with other foes (there’s 50 of ’em!) as you advance through levels, new planets and maybe a black hole!

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